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The Ghoul (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 August 2017 (USA)
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A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

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Gareth Tunley

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Gareth Tunley
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tom Meeten ... Chris
Alice Lowe ... Kathleen
Rufus Jones ... Coulson
Niamh Cusack ... Fisher
Geoffrey McGivern ... Morland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Eyres James Eyres ... Drez (as James Eyres Kenward)
Olivia Greene Olivia Greene ... Other Woman
Paul Kaye ... Tommy Parnell
Sean Reynard Sean Reynard ... Party Guest
Waen Shepherd ... Gav
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Jim (as Dan Skinner)
Rachel Stubbings Rachel Stubbings ... Maria
Joshua Topp Joshua Topp ... Danny
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A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

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psychotronic film | See All (1) »

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I Know Its Name

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018) See more »

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Beautiful but Frustrating, and Ultimately Fruitless
1 April 2019 | by brandon_verackaSee all my reviews

I 'get' what this film tries to do, I just don't like it. Someone was quoted as saying it could stand alongside David Lynch's 'Lost Highway', but I disagree. The term 'Lovecraftian' has been used many times in recent years to describe many films, but few truly are. 'The Ghoul' is most definitely Lovecraftian, and it has some excellent aspects; the acting is solid, as is the cinematography. The story leaves a lot to be desired however, and as I mentioned, I 'get' it, but I don't like it.

This film is disjointed and awkward in its flow, which was likely intentional, however it doesn't serve the film. In the end it left much to be desired. In the beginning you're loving it, in the middle you're excited to see where it's going, but by the last bit you're saying, "This can't really be it, can it?!" All in all, this film absolutely has the feel and look of a Lynch-made masterpiece, but almost none of the substance and (dare I say) the dazzle of one such as 'Lost Highway' - to which it's been compared.

On the one hand, I loved (really loved) how it portrays a depressed man in such a gritty and realistic way. But on the other hand, it felt lacking and failed to climax into anything that's anywhere near greatness. Not a complete waste of time, and it may very well be enjoyed by some, but for me this fell far short of my initial expectations which the opening scenes gave rise to - 6 out of 10.


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4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$249, 6 August 2017

Gross USA:

$2,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,459
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